At our schools, we wish to ensure that all our students and families are able to access support services if necessary during the current school closure. We understand that this unexpected closure may be difficult for some families and hope that the following contact details might help those needing additional support.
Below are contact details of a variety of external agencies that families may wish to call on for support should the need arise:
Family Lives Support Group Help and support to families that are struggling www.familylives.org.uk 0808 800 2222
Action for Children Support and help for vulnerable children and their families Actionforchildren.org.uk Advice.actionforchildren.org.uk
Homestart Helps families with mental health/bereavement/isolation Email: email@example.com 01164645490
Young Minds Support Mental health support for children and young people 0800 802 5544 Free and Confidential Helpline
Relate Support for families www.relate.org.uk 02392 827026
Partnership of Bildeston and Whatfield CEVCP safeguarding team through either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, and they will pass details on to Ms Golding, Mrs Healy, Mrs Clarke or Mrs Simmons.
Students Who Receive Free School Meals
The vouchers we were promised will be issued to parents when they arrive from the DfE and then can be used towards purchasing groceries. However, should families need additional practical support with food/shopping during this time, please contact either office and we can arrange for a packed lunch or small food parcel to be put together from the Bildeston kitchen.
There are also organisations in the local area who will be able to help:
FIND – Families in Need, a Suffolk charity who accept and distribute food to foodbanks and give support https://www.findipswich.org.uk
Stowmarket Food bank - http://www.livingit.org.uk/foodbank/ is their website
West Suffolk Vineyard Church Storehouse is a food bank ministry which gives away food bags through agencies within Bury St Edmunds, to people who are living on the streets or are unable to provide enough food for themselves or their families. These food bags are offered completely free of charge and with a no-strings attached policy. As well as emergency food, Storehouse provides toiletries and nappies.
If you or someone you know needs to receive a food bag, you can get in touch with us through the office email (either firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com and we can arrange one for you.
Please let us know if we can help